10 Gender-Neutral Nursery Decorating Ideas You'll Love Now + They'll Love Later

Design a space they can grow into.

In decades past, the trend was to go all in by decorating your nursery with the gender of your baby in mind. Most people either decorated in pink, light blue or yellow (if they were unsure if they were having a boy or a girl). Period.

But times have changed.

These days, the trend in nursery design has moved toward more gender-neutral spaces. The focus is much more on good design, rather than traditional boy/girl color palettes.

Here are 10 of our favorite gender-neutral nursery designs, as well as some tips and ideas you can steal for your own child's room.

Gray Is the New Yellow

Gray Nursery With Giraffe

Gray Transitional Nursery With Giraffe

Gray makes a smart, stylish nursery that's also gender neutral. This one has fun with striped curtains trimmed in pom poms and a large jungle friend.

Photo by: Genna Margolis

Genna Margolis

While yellow certainly still works beautifully as a gender-neutral shade, gray seems to be your best bet for a fresh, modern update. The great thing about gray is that it’s so versatile, it can be paired with almost any color palette. Bright hues look especially beautiful against a light or medium gray.

Wall Murals Have Grown Up

Photo by: Regan Baker Design

Regan Baker Design

Wall murals are another area in kids' room decor that has gotten a major upgrade. Gone are the days of the simple baby duck murals. Beautifully illustrated scenes are now available via wall decals. Here is one of my favorite sources for modern wall decals.

Wood Brings Warmth

Gray Contemporary Nursery With White Crib, Driftwood Accent Wall

Serene, Travel Themed Nursery

This subtle travel-themed nursery features a driftwood wall fused with modern details like an acrylic crib to create the perfect modern meets rustic baby room that's serene and inviting.

Photo by: Ricky Stern Photography

Ricky Stern Photography

Using wood elements in a nursery is the perfect way to bring in some warmth or modern rustic vibes. Creating a wood wall is a fun option; however, you can easily achieve the same look by using wood furniture or decor.

Wallpaper Adds a Style Punch

Contemporary Nursery With Sparrow Wallpaper

Multicolored Contemporary Nursery With Sparrow Wallpaper

The whimsical sparrow wallpaper served as the inspiration jumping off point for this charming nursery. Walls were kept a soft neutral to allow the wallpaper to stand out, and another bold pattern was introduced in the yellow and white rug.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

A bold, graphic wallpaper is another great idea for upping the design game in your space. Use temporary wallpaper if you want less of a permanent solution. And if you’re afraid to dive in and wallpaper your entire space, consider just doing it on one wall.

The Gallery Wall Trend Comes to the Nursery

White Nursery With White Crib, Pink Lamp and Gallery Wall

Chic, Understated Gallery Wall in Girl's Nursery

A simple gallery wall adorns the space above the crib in this girl's nursery. Accessories are fun feminine but will adapt well as she grows.

Photo by: Ball & Albanese

Ball & Albanese

Gallery walls are everywhere in design these days, and there’s no reason not to bring this trend straight into your nursery. Here, beautiful illustrations from children’s fairytale books are displayed in varying sizes of simple, white frames. However, if you want to mix things up a bit, you don’t even need to stick to a theme with your nursery gallery wall. Simply gather up some of your favorite pieces of art and create your own grouping. Sticking to one type of frame isn't necessary, but it may be a good trick to bring a bit more cohesiveness to the space.

Animals Work for Boys + Girls

Neutral Nursery With Giraffe

Neutral Nursery With Toy Giraffe

This nursery's sweet animal motif starts with the wallpaper and continues through the artwork—a gallery of simple sketches—and toys, including a tall giraffe standing guard by the crib.

Photo by: Full Spectrum Photography

Full Spectrum Photography

While we joked about the baby ducks, the truth is animal decor is a fun trend that’s still a fantastic option for a more gender-neutral nursery. Again, you can choose to stick to a theme or feature one type of animal throughout the space. You can even use the coloring of the animal as inspiration for your color palette (i.e. gray for an elephant).

Try a Dark Paint Color

Contemporary Nursery Features Black Accent Wall

Contemporary Nursery With Black Accent Wall

She'll go from baby to big kid to teen in this contemporary nursery featuring a black accent wall, colorful area rug, and woven, textured baskets.

Photo by: Melissa Reynolds

Melissa Reynolds

Using a dark paint color in a nursery is not necessarily traditional; however, it’s a great way to bring a modern, gender-neutral feel to your space. Much like gray, darker colors serve as a beautiful backdrop for spaces that you want to feature additional pops of color in. And art looks especially fab against a darker wall.

Don't Forget About the Ceiling

Modern Crib In The Nursery With Bright Shapes On Ceiling Wallpaper

Contemporary Gender-Neutral Nursery

This fun, contemporary nursery is gender-neutral and features soft lighting with layered window treatments, a lively-printed wallpaper on the ceiling and soft, comfortable flooring. Modern furniture, like the crib and gliding chair, marry function and design in the space.

Photo by: Dylan Chandler

Dylan Chandler

Painting or wallpapering your ceiling is another great option for a nursery where you want to really up your design game. Here, a simple white palette on the walls pairs perfectly with a patterned wallpaper on the ceiling. It feels both unexpected and super modern.

Typography Art Keeps Things Neutral

Ceramic Lamp With Stacked Elephants

Blue and White Ceramic Lamp With Stacked Elephants

A trio of elephants stand on each other's backs to create this whimsical ceramic table lamp, a perfect fit for a kid's room or nursery.

Photo by: Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Using typography-inspired art is another easy trick to incorporate in a gender-neutral nursery. Letters, phrases or a favorite quote could work well in a nursery, too. A typography gallery wall would be a fun way to combine two popular trends.

Black-and-White Palettes Always Work

Black and White, Comfortable Nursery

Comfortable, Black and White Nursery

The homeowners wanted a stylish, gender neutral nursery that would feel welcoming and soft, so designers created a monochromatic space that is sophisticated and comfortable for both parents and baby. Soft bedding fills the crib, and a plush rug covers the floor. To make the space personal, designers added the child's name in letters covered in wool above the crib.

Photo by: Amy Bartlam

Amy Bartlam

A black-and-white color palette is another tried and true go-to for a space where you don’t want things to feel either too masculine or too feminine. You can choose to keep everything in the space black and white if you’re looking for your nursery to feel more cohesive. Or you can introduce some bright pops of color via your bedding or artwork to bring a bit more variety.

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